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Buoyant 4s Blitz Bracknell

16 November 2013, 12:30, Banbury Road North (Top)

Men's 4s 8 - 0 Bracknell Men's 2s

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Hawks 4s possessed an embarrassment of riches on Saturday as we were matched against Bracknell 2s. Putting out a full squad of sixteen players raring to go including Jim Felix in goal and Hutts (who’s off to Australia apparently) at sweeper from the Senators; along with the welcome return of Pablo. Unfortunately, we nearly broke him as he fell on a stick, having been appallingly fouled. As expected, Pablo carried on without complaint. The weather had turned for the worse, so we were surprised to see gnarled veterans Dave Cook and Will Cairns oddly turn up in shorts and T shirts, like extras from IACGMOOH, though Hutts seemed not to mind, as it got him in the mood seeing as he was off to Brisbane the following day, apparently. Charlie regaled us with more stories of his night-clubbing activities, though none to make us blush this week, and he performed brilliantly on the pitch to score two excellent goals. Bracknell were overwhelmed by Hawks, as we rotated our players vigorously, and by half time we were 5-0 up and the points were already in the bag. We tried not to relax in the second half, but only scored three more goals – their keeper made several excellent saves - but all were valuable in terms of goal difference. Hutts decided to rest himself for the second half, as he was concerned about having a big flight Down Under on the Sunday. Jasper, who looked exhausted throughout the game, scored a brutal short corner early on and doubled his tally in the second half, and was bravely supported on the sidelines by a friend, but the bitter weather may deter her from coming anytime in the near future. Elliott was again clinical from eight inches on two occasions, being in the right spot at the right time and both Adam Scholey and Robin Finnegan added to their tallies – both a fair bet for the Fantasy League I would say with my John McCririck hat on. Thanks to the umpires and our most welcome guests for playing, not least to Hutts for sparing his time, as he had to rush off straight after the game and pack to watch all 25 days of Ashes cricket in Oz. Apparently. We wish him well on his trip.

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